In our brief visit to the Ghiza pyramids, we did get the chance to see
inside the smallest of the three primary pyramids, Menkaure, shown to the
As with all of the Pyramids, Menkaure is essentially a solid stone structure with the exception of a tiny passage way leading down to an older and newer burial chamber. The animated image you clicked on to get to this page was in fact the stairway down to the original burial chamber--just a steep walkway with board attached much like rungs on a ladder. The entryway was about 1.5 meters high and about the same width. Down this passageway they allowed two-way traffic, making it very claustrophobic and uncomfortable. [For a complete explanation of Menkaure and the other pyramids, please visit NOVA's excellent site]
is the new burial chamber, rather tiny and bereft of any content, save
the block of stone at the front right of the picture. And, as I learned
from the diagram above, it is in fact lined with granite. Those pharoahs
pulled out all the stops!